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Urban Planning Series: Learning in the Laboratory of the City

For the next four blogs I’d like to talk about the urban planner, Jane Jacobs. Her ideas greatly influenced how we thought about ministry in the city. Doug and I were first introduced to her classic 1961 work, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, in the mid-sixties when we moved into Boston’s South End. At that time, the South End was considered to be the worst slum in the city and faced the threat of being demolished by urban renewal in order to build new “luxury” housing.

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Process of the Gospel: Multiplying in the Living System of our Lives, City and Region

As we see people’s basic needs being met, we need to allow that process to mature – to ignite and breed levels of true multiplication that operate in a chain reaction over the long-term through the living system of many people.

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Process of the Gospel: "Love doesn’t mind when others do it better."

“I can do it myself!” Every preschooler wants to learn how to do things by himself. My grandson, Caleb, loves watching a demonstration on TV on how to tie your own shoes. All of us want to learn how to do things by ourselves, to assert our own independence. It’s a part of growing up, of our essential being as humans.

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Process of the Gospel: "Their task is done..."

After working with a person or group to see their perceived needs successfully met, we are finally at the point where basic needs can be addressed. In meeting basic needs, you will be dealing with core answers that may solve many other related needs or problems, including, but not exclusively, one’s need for salvation. Meeting basic needs is where the “rubber meets the road;” where we finally sense we are making progress in our ministry that will last a lifetime.

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Process of the Gospel: “Build on what they have”

As you engage in relevant communication, people will begin to trust you enough to mention their concerns and perceived needs. It is very important to listen carefully at this point – typically people don’t talk about their needs easily, or it’s very surface level. A person may mention many needs they have, which may or may not be relevant, but we must have a discerning spirit to go beyond what is said to what they are actually dealing with. The person may have a problem with a spouse or a deep financial issue, but it may be expressed in a different or masked way.

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Process of the Gospel: “Eyeball to eyeball”

It’s not enough to love someone in ministry, you also have to like them, as we discussed last week. And this is especially true in order to relevantly communicate with them – to listen as well as speak. So where do we start? “Start with what they know,” says the old Chinese proverb. In order to do that, we must first relevantly communicate to learn what they already know.

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Process of the Gospel: “I love you…and I like you!”

The power of love speaks volumes in any time and place. Everyone wants to hear a good love story! Last week, we learned how the Telores’ love for the people of Kolhapur, India was intensive, powerful and even all-consuming. So, you might think the “I like you” ending for this title is really lame, but liking someone is a big part of loving them! For me, hearing “I like you” means I’m accepted, respected and cared about just as I am, not “in spite of” any glaring flaws (though there are plenty of those), but for my actual characteristics.

     
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